Quinton “Rampage” Jackson has plenty of negative things to say about his impending opponent Jon Jones: he’s cocky, he’s fake and he’s untested – but don’t think that his lack of respect for Jones is a sign that he’s jealous of his younger peer’s unprecedented success and fame.
Speaking with Inside MMA’s Kenny Rice recently, Jackson explained that he’s more motivated than possibly ever before to defeat Jones, but he’s motivated to do so by his sense of competition and his burning desire to recapture the title, not by jealousy.
“Just getting my belt back,” said Jackson when asked what was motivating him. “I wish all success to Jon Jones and anybody else. I think he is the future of the sport and stuff like that. He deserves it, he works hard. He trains hard just like anybody else. I don’t really care about any of that. I don’t hate on the kid at all. I really do think he’s the future of the sport, but he’ll have to be the future when I’m gone.”
Jackson predicts that his experience will be the difference-maker tomorrow night and that, whatever happens, he’ll be leaving it all in the cage.
“I’ve paid my dues. I’ve got way more battles than this kid,” he said. “This kid has never been in a five-round fight. I’ve trained for five-round fights ever since I was champion, I haven’t stopped training yet. This kid thinks he’s going to take me out, I want him to try to take me out. He’s gonna blow his wad. I’m very motivated and I’m gonna leave everything in the cage. I’m not gonna have any regrets… because this fight is, right now, the most important fight of my life.”
Jackson and Jones meet tomorrow night in the main event of UFC 135, which is going down at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado. Don’t forget to check back on FightLine.com for our live, ongoing coverage of the event, starting at 6:30p.m. ET.